Bloodthirsty by Flynn Meaney

by Victoria Testa

Are you a pale, brooding, antisocial teenager? Is your lack of pigment, athletic ability, and charisma taking a bite out of your love life? Are you spending Valentine’s Day alone with only romance novels to console you? There is a perfect solution…pick up a copy of Bloodthirsty. In a world where pale is the new pink, vampires are no longer scary, bloodsucking demons. Instead, they are intelligent loners with far more sparkle than bite.

Finbar “Finn” Frame, is tired of being second best to his tan, athletic, and charming brother who always gets the girls. Putting his awkward, brooding nature to good use for once, Finn makes a decision that will change his life, or afterlife, forever. He walks into his first day of school as a confident, but fake, vampire, and the girls love it. Can Finn live up to his vampire persona or will his imagination come back to bite him?

Finn is such a lovable character, because his struggles are so relatable. Living in the shadow of a sibling, peer pressure, and the desire to fit in are situations that many teenagers face. The way he handles his problems, although not recommended, is admirable. Finn doesn’t wait around for social redemption to be served. Instead, he takes a stand against the people that have been keeping him down.

I was captivated by Flynn Meaney’s style. I often find that authors sound disingenuous when they write from the point of view of the opposite gender. Her writing was so realistic and hilarious that it was hard to believe she wasn’t writing from experience. Her language was both laugh-out-loud, roll on the floor humorous and shockingly heartfelt. For everyone craving a little romance for the holiday, Bloodthirsty has all the lust and love we have learned to expect from vampire novels. However, instead of the long paragraphs where characters profess their forbidden love, Bloodthirsty uses the kind of natural teen dialogue that is even more swoon-worthy because it’s real.

At its heart, Bloodthirsty is about finding yourself. Finn’s struggle to fit in helps him discover talents he never knew he had. He is exposed to new people and experiences. Although it is his vampire alter-ego that lives these experiences, the Finn under the mask changes too. As he grows, we no longer see the shy, skinny bookworm obsessed with fitting in. We see a confident teenager who is eager to take on the world, one bite at a time.

Want a different perspective? Try Blythe‘s November review of the same novel.

Victoria Testa lives in New York City but is a beach bum at heart. When not writing or reading, she can be found surfing, swimming, and singing!

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